Desk Yoga for Medical Administrative Assistants
Working as a medical administrative assistant means spending large periods of time in front of a computer or sitting in an office chair. While filing all of those patient reports might be vital to the running of the healthcare provider you work for, it’s not so good for your back.
So, if you find yourself falling into the typical office hunch and the back and shoulder pain that comes with it, here are some yoga poses you can do at your desk to help relieve the tension.
Seated Crescent Moon
The crescent moon pose works by eliciting a deep stretch to your sides. It lengthens your spine and allows you to return to work with better concentration.
To do the crescent moon pose, follow these steps:
- Begin by lifting both of your arms overhead.
- Bring your palms together and stretch your fingers.
- Gently lean to your right for 2-3 deep breaths.
- Then gently lean to your left for the same amount of time.
The Chair Pigeon
Sitting all day can leave you with tight hips and wonky balance. The chair pigeon is an easy way to stretch out those tight muscles and regain your balance.
To do the chair pigeon pose, follow these steps:
- Whilst seated, place one leg over the other at a 90-degree angle, flexing the foot so as not to place pressure on the knee.
- Remain in an upright position, keeping an even distribution on both seat bones.
- When you feel a gentle to moderate stretch in the upper outer thigh, hold for 5-10 breaths.
- Repeat on the other side.
The Chaturanga Pose
The chaturanga is a standing pose that helps to stabilize the spine and open out the chest, taking some of the pressure off the shoulders.
To do the chaturanga pose, follow these steps:
- Begin in a standing position.
- Place your hands roughly shoulder-width apart on the edge of a sturdy desk.
- Walk the feet backward until your chest is a diagonal line to the floor.
- Inhale as you lower into the pose, hugging the elbows to the ribs as they reach the 90-degree angle.
- Exhale as you press back up to the starting position.
- Repeat 8-12 times.
The Eagle Arms Pose
The eagle arms pose helps to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, the bane of all office workers. It also helps to stretch out your triceps, back, and shoulder muscles.
To do the eagle arms pose, follow these steps:
- Sit erect and place your arms at a 90-degree angle in front of you.
- Cross one arm over the other, interlocking them and placing your palms together.
- Lift your elbows and stretch your fingers upwards.
- Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths before switching sides.
- You can increase the stretch by crossing the legs and interlocking one foot behind the other.
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Jenette Ashcraft, N.C.M.A.
Allied Health Department Director
R.M.A. National Education Center